• Released
  • November 10, 2004
  • G , 1 hr 40 min
  • Animated
    Family
  • 1,062 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A young boy's belief in Santa Claus leads him to the North Pole.

Features

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings

61
SEE ALL CRITIC REVIEWS
100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
Full Review
100

The Hollywood Reporter

By
A story that soars with breakneck pace but slows in all the tender moments. Visually, this train ride is both majestic and...
Full Review
100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations. It has a haunting, magical quality because it has...
Full Review
88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's a sensation - both a milestone in computer-animation and a likely Christmas classic.
Full Review
63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Visually, taking its cues (mostly) from Van Allsburg's Hopperesque art, The Polar Express is eye-popping. Storywise, however, it can be...
Full Review
63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Simple and evocative, yet teeming with intriguing visual effects.
Full Review
58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The screenplay, by Zemeckis and William Broyles Jr., plumps Van Allsburg's simple fable about the purity of childhood faith in what can't...
Full Review
50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Zemeckis and Hanks really seem to think they’re giving us a Christmas movie for the ages and a technology that will change cinema...
Full Review
30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A train wreck of mind-numbing proportions.
Full Review
25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The result is a failed and lifeless experiment in which everything goes wrong.
Full Review

Fan Reviews

Did You See This Movie?

Be the first to write a review!

More Info

Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Book-based treat is full of adventure and positive messages.
Read the Common Sense Media Review
POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS